[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of North Salem 5-14-1985 by L.L. No. 3-1985. Section 78-2 added and §§ 78-5, 78-6 and 78-8 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Electrical Code of the Town of North Salem."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
- The New York Board of Fire Underwriters or any other inspection agency which is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and which uses the National Electrical Code as its standard for inspection and certification and which is deemed by the Town Board to be qualified to perform electrical inspections in the Town.
Since there is danger to life and property inherent in the use of electrical energy, this Electrical Standards Chapter is enacted to regulate the installation and alteration of wiring for electric light, heat or power and signal systems operating 50 volts or more, in or on all real property within the Town of North Salem.
All electrical installations heretofore mentioned shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the National Electrical Code, except when the provisions of this chapter or any other local law, ordinance or building code of the Town of North Salem shall differently prescribe, in which event compliance with the provisions of such local law, ordinance or building code shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter. The requirements of the National Electrical Code shall be those known as "National Fire Protection Association Pamphlet No. 70," as approved and adopted by the American Standards Association.
The electrical inspector, as defined above, is hereby authorized and deputized as agent of the Town of North Salem to make inspections and reinspections of all electrical installations heretofore and hereafter described and to approve or disapprove the same.
Duties of the electrical inspector. It shall be the duty of the inspector to report, in writing, to the Building Inspector, whose duty it shall be to enforce all the provisions of this code and all violations of or deviations from or omissions of the electrical provisions of the National Electrical Code and of all local laws, ordinances and the Building Code as referred to in this chapter, insofar as any of the same apply to electrical wiring. The inspector shall make inspections and reinspections of electrical installations in and on properties in the Town upon the written request of an authorized official of the Town or as herein provided. The inspector is authorized to make inspections and reinspections of electrical wiring installations, devices, appliances and equipment in and on properties within the Town where he deems it necessary for the protection of life and property. In the event of an emergency, it is the duty of the inspector to make electrical inspections upon the oral request of an official or officer of the Town. It shall be the duty of the inspector to furnish written reports to the proper officials of the Town and owners and/or lessees of property where defective electrical installations and equipment are found upon inspection. He shall authorize the issuing of a certificate of compliance when electrical installations and equipment are in conformity with this chapter. He shall direct that a copy of the certificate of compliance be sent to the Town of North Salem to the attention of the Building Inspector.
In no event will the cost or expense of any electrical inspection or reinspection be a charge against the Town of North Salem. All fees shall be charged to the applicant in accordance with the Standard Schedule of Fees for the Town of North Salem.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter electrical wiring to light, heat or power in or on properties in the Town of North Salem until an application for inspection has been filed with the New York Board of Fire Underwriters. It shall be a violation of this chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate or a certificate of compliance by the New York Board of Fire Underwriters.
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation pursuant to the Penal Law of the State of New York, punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of an offense against the provisions of this chapter shall constitute, for each day the offense is continued, a separate and distinct offense hereunder.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the electrical installations in mines, ships, railway cars, automotive equipment or the installations or equipment employed by a railway, electrical or communication utility, in the exercise of its function as a utility, and located outdoors or in buildings used exclusively for that purpose. This chapter shall not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, test or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus, materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as his or its principal business. It shall not apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the Government of the United States or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of North Salem or the New York Board of Fire Underwriters be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.